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CCTV could solve on-going anti-social behaviour in Ballyspillane

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By Sean Moriarty

The long-running anti-social behaviour issues in the Ballyspillane estate in Killarney could be solved by the installation of CCTV cameras according Killarney Municipal District Council.

The Killarney Advertiser has consistently highlighted problems in the estate. In April it was reported that groups of up to 30 people were engaging in the sport of road-bowling on the estate’s streets and that the participants were trespassing on private properties to retrieve lost balls.

Just over a year ago a house was damaged in a fireball attack – an incident linked to a long running feud in the area.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked Wednesday’s meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council if there was any update on the provision of CCTV in the estate.

“Your house is your castle,” she said. “There are up to 30 people gathering everyday for road bowling – the anti-social behaviour continues and it is one of the most urgent matters. Until this [CCTV] is in place we won’t have a handle on what is going on.”

The Council have confirmed an application for funding for three separate CCTV systems in the town – including one in Ballyspillane – has been submitted to the Department of Justice and Equality but was unable to put a final date on the process.

“Members will be aware that the Data Protection Commission is currently carrying out a national study of the use of CCTV and other technologies by local authorities and An Garda Síochána for security and crime prevention,” a Council official said. “Any recommendations arising for the local Government sector as a result of the study will have to be taken on board as part of the roll out of any community schemes.”

Cllr Brendan Cronin, who was taking charge of his first Council meeting as the newly elected Mayor of Killarney, said the delay was not good enough.

“[Data Protection] seems to be the stumbling block,” he said. “This is crucially important for crime prevention.”

The Killarney Advertiser is aware of other reported incidents of unauthorised road bowling taking place in other estates in Killarney, most notably in Chestnut Drive where residents cars have been damaged by participants.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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